Missouri’s defense, which was battered in the opener against FCS Missouri State Saturday afternoon, will be further depleted for the rest of the first half of the 2017 season.
Following its 72-43 win in Columbia, Mizzou announced that A.J. Logan “will be withheld from the first six games of the Tigers’ 2017 football season by the [NCAA] as part of an ongoing review.” The review is part of an investigation into academic misconduct.
The nose tackle will miss games against South Carolina (Sept. 9), Purdue (Sept.16), Auburn (Sept. 23), Kentucky (Oct. 7) and Georgia (Oct. 14). He will b eligible to return for the Oct. 21 matchup with Idaho.
“While I am saddened that I will miss six games of my senior year, I know in my heart that I have told the truth, cooperated with the University and NCAA, and taken full responsibility for my actions,” a portion of a statement attributed to the player read. “I believe my integrity remains intact, and I am now focused on working hard in the classroom and on the field in the weeks ahead. I look forward to our team having a great season and am sorry that I will not be with my brothers early on, but I will continue to work with them and be prepared when I return.”
“I am proud of A.J. for being honest and transparent with our staff and the NCAA during this ongoing process,” head coach Barry Odom said in his statement. “He has been forthright and cooperative throughout the entire review, and I look forward to watching him walk across the stage with his Mizzou degree in December.”
Last season, Logan started all 12 games for the Tigers.